Dancing Girls and Other Stories

Dancing Girls and Other Stories

by Margaret Atwood

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale

This splendid volume of short fiction testifies to Margaret Atwood’s bracing honesty and startlingly original voice. In her hands, ordinary people—farmers, birdwatchers, adolescent lovers, elderly neighbors, pregnant women—are anything but ordinary. A poet waylaid by an epic nosebleed; an awkward student trailed by an obtuse stalker; a jaded travel writer stranded on a life raft, finally facing a situation she can’t trivialize: these characters touch us deeply, evoking laughter, terror, and compassion. Punctuated by brilliant flashes of fantasy, humor, and occasional violence, Dancing Girls pays tribute to the sheer variety and complexity of human relationships.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385491099
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/18/1998
Edition description: 1 ANCHOR
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 507,998
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Margaret Atwood is the author of over twenty-five books, including fiction, poetry, and essays.  Among her most recent works are the bestselling novels Alias Grace and The Robber Bride and the collections Wilderness Tips and Good Bones and Simple Murders.  She lives in Toronto.


Toronto, Ontario

Date of Birth:

November 18, 1939

Place of Birth:

Ottawa, Ontario


B.A., University of Toronto, 1961; M.A. Radcliffe, 1962; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1967

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Dancing Girls and Other Stories 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
lahochstetler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this short story collection Atwood explores the mindset of women in a variety of situations. From an isolated grad student to an expectant mother, to a severely disabled girl at summer camp, these stories find women in deceptively ordinary situations, each with a slight twist. This collection is comprised of stories written early in Atwood's career, and that is clearly reflected in the details. Several stories focus on academic environments, with graduate student characters. The protagonist in the collection's namesake, "Dancing Girls," a Canadian graduate student in Cambridge, certainly brings to mind Atwood's own time at Harvard. Together this collection explores the expectations that follow young women in the late-1970s: sometimes restrictive, sometimes depressing, always present.
joannemepham29 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Atwood as always is lyrical, and beautiful in prose. Though I did not love every story, I recognized the beauty in every story.
Rhinoa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A series of short stories by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. Each one follows a different person and is a short snap shot into their life. Some are narrated by men but all feature women in a prominent role.
hlselz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Compilation of short stories. Atwood is one of my favorite authers, and I really liked these shorties. Most of them are pretty depressing though, and from the first lines of the stories, the deep state of hopelesness most of the charectors feel are overwhelming.
quilted_kat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Collection of short stories that felt like personal explorations of the feminine experience in contemporary society. Some of Atwood's best work is contained within these pages, but also a few that were difficult to get through.
RebeccaScaglione More than 1 year ago
When I picked it up, I had no idea that Dancing Girls by Margaret Atwood was a book of short stories. I'm usually not a short story fan overall, but was excited to read Atwood's take, since I'm a big fan of her. I'm still working on my Margaret Atwood Challenge, reading one of her novels per month, basically in order of publication, so this is my December book. While a few of the stories in Dancing Girls had endings that left me stumped, I still enjoyed reading them. But for the most part, they kept me very entertained. For instance, The War in the Bathroom was told over the course of a week, where a woman feels like her living space is being invaded daily by an elderly man whose bathroom habits can be clearly heard from her room. Then in The Man from Mars, a strange little foreign man begins to stalk Christine. . . Rape Fantasies has a dark name, but is a witty story about one woman's ridiculous rape fantasies that somehow turn into love. Atwood's Dancing Girls has a common theme of obsession with a hint of crazy that touches almost every story in the collection. And of course, you know I'm loving the obsessive/crazy theme with my psychological thriller kick! If you enjoy Margaret Atwood or enjoy reading short stories, these are some great ones to get into! Speaking of obsession, what is something you are a little obsessed with? Thanks for reading, Rebecca @ Love at First Book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kartavis a bad man